July 1, 2009
As we were walking the green corridors, Davide would stop and examine a vine leaf with a small looking glass, looking for pests. The difference between maldelesca and flavescenza is visible on the leafs, but the most obvious sign is the dryness of the branches, which, although green, break with a loud 'crack', and the touch of the leaves, which feel like paper in the hands. You can confuse oidio with powdered sulphur sitting on the grape, until you smell its characteristic mushroom odour, like wet forest soil. In search of oidio, Davide had me sniffling grapes like a dog.